RoTL Summit 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Since 1993, thousands of educators in colleges and universities from across the country and globe have participated in this interdisciplinary conference to discuss and share experiences and innovative teaching techniques. The Summit offers concurrent sessions on cutting-edge issues in pedagogy and student learning in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators. Participants report that they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and that they have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching.

Keynote Speaker

Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D.

Clemson University

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

The way we have been grading student work for many decades earns low marks on a list of 14 criteria for assessing grading systems. This keynote presents an alternative system, specifications (“specs”) grading, that does better, especially in motivating students to achieve outcomes and produce high-quality work. Better yet, it saves you time. The system works effectively because it gives students more choices and control while holding their work to high academic standards. By the end of this keynote, you will be able adapt one or more of your courses to a pure or synthetic version of specs grading and revise your syllabus accordingly.